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CECA 73rd Annual Meeting

9/1/2011 7:24:16 AM

The 73rd Annual Meeting of the membership of CECA was held on Saturday, August 6 at the Comanche City Park. Three hundred  twenty one members-six hundred twenty five people-braved the record breaking heat to pick up their door prizes, hear the business of the cooperative, win prizes, and feast on a sumptuous fish and chicken meal prepared by Cook’s Fish Barn. Fortunately, there was a pleasant breeze blowing through the spacious tent, and the temperature never became unbearable.

The annual Health Fair was available during registration. Abilene Regional Hospital offered free cholesterol screening to members.  Other vendors attending included  Comanche Medical Hospital/Clinic, Cross Timbers Community Health Center and WIC, CARR (City and Rural Rides), Curves, Comanche Hospice and Comanche Home Health, Comanche EMS, Texas Department of Family and  Protective Services, Caring Touch, Lee Health Care, Guardian Health Care,  Texas Forest Service, and White Stone Retirement home. Ruth Tippie was on site with free back massages, and Air Evac Lifeteam had a table as well as an air ambulance on site. 

The Class of ’57 entertained the membership with a delightful mix of music from the past including some country, some rock ‘n roll, and of course, a little Elvis!

The official business meeting kicked off at 10:00 am after the Comanche Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts presented the colors and led the membership in the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the National Anthem sung by Christine Salmon and signed by Kari Rust. Board President Monty Carlisle called the meeting to order and asked General Manager Alan Lesley to lead us off with a word of prayer. Along with the regular business of the day, GM Alan Lesley gave a short speech. Youth Tour winner Meagan Johnson reported on her Washington D.C. experience, and Scholarship winners Susan Coffee and Adrian Munoz thanked the membership for their scholarship and told their plans for the future.  Eight employees were recognized for their dedication and received their service awards. They were: Chad Foreman, Kay Slavens and Curtis Tippie-5 years; Chad Newman-10 years; Kendall Keith and Jim Lester-15 years; Doug Erwin-25 years; and William Works-30 years.

One of the major objectives of the Annual Meeting is to allow the membership to have a say in their cooperative through the democratic process of electing the directors who will represent the interests of the membership. Districts 2 and 4 were up for election this year, with incumbents James “Doc” Murphree and Monty Carlisle being elected by acclamation. A brief discussion was held concerning the old business of 2010 as well as new business. New business discussion included the possibility of moving the Annual Meeting from August to October. Comments were encouraged, and the idea appeared to be well received so you may look for our next Annual Meeting to be held in October of 2012.

Following the business portion of the meeting, a drawing was held to award door prizes. Thirty two lucky members went home with prizes ranging from flashlights to TV’s! The meeting concluded with a fish and chicken meal with all the fixin’s provided by Cook’s Fish Barn.

In addition to the election of directors, the Annual Meeting gives CECA members the opportunity to meet their board members on a personal level, network with neighbors and fellow CECA members, have their important voices heard and become more informed and involved in the operations of the cooperative. If you were unable to make the meeting this year we encourage you to make plans to attend in October of 2012 to join us in this important decision making process!

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